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(Space.com)   Astronomers discover "M-class planet." Star Trek nerds everywhere rejoice, hope for cat-women with three boobies   (space.com) divider line 108
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2005-06-13 04:14:30 PM  
this new extrasolar planet may be the first rocky world ever found orbiting a star similar to our own. About seven-and-a-half times as massive as Earth, and about twice as wide,

So, not EXACTLY like Earth I would say.
 
2005-06-13 04:15:04 PM  

"In this artist's conception...."

So.. In other words, that picture is completely meaningless?
 
2005-06-13 04:17:16 PM  
Useless without pics.

/of the cat-women, that is
 
2005-06-13 04:17:26 PM  
Um I'll beam down first as long as I don't wear a red shirt...
 
2005-06-13 04:17:36 PM  
Whoohoo!
 
2005-06-13 04:18:02 PM  
Pah, everyone knows catwomen have six boobies.
 
2005-06-13 04:18:11 PM  
Um I'll beam down first as long as I don't wear a red shirt...

Don't be scared, silly, the rocks are made of foam :)

/figures, a ST thread as I'm about to leave work.
 
2005-06-13 04:18:47 PM  
So how long until we get some of the good trees?
 
2005-06-13 04:19:06 PM  
The third one is on their back. For dancing.

/Bundy off/
 
2005-06-13 04:19:10 PM  
dumbass. Class M is Star Trek, 3 boobied cat woman is a Mars mutant from Total Recall.

Christsake. It's not nerds that annoy me. It's stupid nerds.

/keeds
 
2005-06-13 04:19:13 PM  
Heroic Poser: So, not EXACTLY like Earth I would say.

It's exactly like Earth, but totally different.
 
2005-06-13 04:19:57 PM  
This verdict surprises me...
 
2005-06-13 04:20:08 PM  
Is Star Trek the one with the Ewoks?
 
2005-06-13 04:20:22 PM  
And now for something comepletely different....
 
2005-06-13 04:20:48 PM  
 
2005-06-13 04:21:10 PM  

Class "M" planets are not that orange.
 
2005-06-13 04:21:12 PM  
7 times the size of Earth means much more gravity, and the life living on it (if any) will be much stronger. Those cat women with 3 breats will be able to break you in half. Although since normal Earth woman can break most of us basement dwellers in half already, its not really much of a stretch.
 
2005-06-13 04:22:00 PM  
 
2005-06-13 04:22:01 PM  
From: http://www.memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Class_M

In Planetary Classification, a Class M (known as the Minshara class in the mid-22nd century among Vulcans) planet is a 'Terrestrial' planet. They have an age that ranges from 3-10 billion years and a diameter between 10,000 and 15,000 km. They are located within the Ecosphere of a Solar System. A Terrestrial planet is categorized by an abundance of surface water (however, if this amount goes above 80%, then the planet is considered a Class O or P) and an atmosphere high in nitrogen with oxygen and trace elements. Life is often abundant on Class M planets; they contain extensive vegetation, animal life and often have native humanoids.

Poor submission
 
2005-06-13 04:22:02 PM  
Earth's larger cousin? Jeez, why don't you give her a self esteem problem?
 
2005-06-13 04:22:07 PM  
BOO-YAH! Planets with breathable atmospheres are next, then: Interplanetary Travel. I'll be reserving a deep-sleep chamber.
:)))))))
 
2005-06-13 04:22:39 PM  
Well, it's a type M planet. So it should at least have roddenberries...
 
2005-06-13 04:23:21 PM  
aerocontrols

Keep your hands off my Roddenberries....

/Had to be said.
 
2005-06-13 04:23:52 PM  
six boobied cat women.
it's good to be kirk.
 
2005-06-13 04:24:04 PM  
I thought an M-Class was that Mercedes SUV they make in Alabama.
 
2005-06-13 04:25:06 PM  
Cat women?

Well, set my fazer on fun!
 
2005-06-13 04:25:24 PM  
"It's like Earth's bigger cousin."


Except it most likely lacks an atmosphere, is several times hotter, and orbits its star 91 million miles closer than Earth orbits the Sun. It's more like Earth's red-headed step-child if you ask me.
 
2005-06-13 04:25:33 PM  
sachiel: They have an age that ranges from 3-10 billion years

I'm sure you mean 6,000 years...


/Don't rile the fundies
 
2005-06-13 04:26:05 PM  
Oh, and the class M is for the dwarf star in the system the planet inhabits, not the planet.

The new planet orbits Gliese 876, an M dwarf star 15 light years away in the constellation Aquarius.
 
2005-06-13 04:26:30 PM  
The new planet orbits Gliese 876, an M dwarf star 15 light years away in the constellation Aquarius.

It's an M-type dwarf star, not an M-class planet.

I also doubt, given it's proximity to the star in question (2% of Earth's distance to the sun) that it would support life.

/Spoilsport, I know
 
2005-06-13 04:26:43 PM  


Resident of the planet.

/Can't wait for the verdict. I'm such a loser.
 
2005-06-13 04:26:44 PM  


Could it be that we've discovered Ceti Alpha V?



KHAAAAAAN!
 
2005-06-13 04:27:39 PM  
NOT m class. oh. someone already said that. oh well.

p.s. good riddence Enterprise.
 
2005-06-13 04:28:43 PM  
Who wants to go hunt some ewoks?
 
2005-06-13 04:28:51 PM  
At a surface temp of 400 to 750 degrees it would be 3 boobied cat women that discovered sunscreen before the wheel.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-06-13 04:30:09 PM  
Is the paper available? A quick search of arxiv.org didn't turn it up.
 
2005-06-13 04:30:31 PM  
"M-class planet."

I don't think that term means what submitter thinks it means.
 
2005-06-13 04:30:53 PM  
Danger Mouse
dumbass. Class M is Star Trek, 3 boobied cat woman is a Mars mutant from Total Recall.
Christsake. It's not nerds that annoy me. It's stupid nerds.


There's a three-boobied alien in one of the movies. 5 or 6. (5, I think). She's dancing on a table. Don't remember if it's a cat-woman or not, though.
 
2005-06-13 04:31:39 PM  
Pssh. I'd live there. Sure, the gravity is like twice as strong as on Earth, but by the time we get there we'll all be nano-enhanced for super-strength anyways.
 
2005-06-13 04:33:58 PM  
Who wants to go hunt some ewoks?

Yub yub.
 
2005-06-13 04:34:23 PM  
We need to discover a "No Class" planet and start exporting.
 
2005-06-13 04:35:32 PM  
I for one welcome our catboobie overlords
 
2005-06-13 04:38:17 PM  
Wow. Just wow. Oh, I know, no way it's green fields and bunnies, but think of it this way:

They know it's rocky, because a gas planet would be larger and unable to survive that close to the sun.

It's massive enough to hold an atmosphere, because it's more massive than Earth.

If it's made of roughly the same materials (silicon, nickel, iron), 6 times as massive, and twice as large, it should have roughly 3 times the gravity -- bad, but not "liquid-spaceman-in-a-can" bad. You can take 3 gees in a fighter jet. The space shuttle does 8+ on every takeoff.

400 degrees farenheit is just under the boiling point of water (at 1 atmosphere of pressure). That means (depending on the contaminants dissolved in the water, and the air pressure) that water could exist as liquid or gas or BOTH here. BAM. Almost guaranteed to have life. Of some kind.
 
2005-06-13 04:40:39 PM  
I'm ashamed that I know what "M-class" means
 
2005-06-13 04:43:01 PM  
400 degrees farenheit is just under the boiling point of water
Just a tad off, TheOtherGuy; boiling point is 212°F. 451°F is the temperature at which paper burns (hence the title of the book). As well, while people can stand 3 gees for a bit, you don't want to bet your hemorrhoid on them. But...that doesn't mean that life doesn't exist there, either. It's just that it's unlikely for human beings to be able to live there for long.
 
2005-06-13 04:43:32 PM  
Like I would need to be a Star Trek nerd to dig on some 3 boobied cat woman action.... silly submitter.
 
2005-06-13 04:45:30 PM  


/New York, London, Paris, Munich
//Every talk about Pop Music!!
///obscure?
 
2005-06-13 04:46:44 PM  
TheOtherGuy

Er, 212 degrees Fahrenheit is the boiling point of water, but I'm with you, this is most cool. Only a matter of time before they discover a real M-class planet.

/chem nazi
 
2005-06-13 04:46:57 PM  
Grandemadaca: Shoobie-doobie-doo-wop, I wanna dedicate this....planet to bad 70s disco!
 
2005-06-13 04:47:08 PM  
TheOtherGuy
400 degrees farenheit is just under the boiling point of water (at 1 atmosphere of pressure)

Huh? Well, then, at what pressure does water boil at 212 degrees Fahrenheit?
 
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